Discovering you are pregnant, attending your first scan, feeling little flutters in your tummy for the first time – the first trimester of pregnancy is a truly joyous and exciting time. Of course, there are a few other symptoms that are less desirable – such as fatigue and nausea – but there are ways in which you can manage these symptoms, to ensure that you enjoy your first trimester of pregnancy and continue to feel excited as you move into the next stage…
Indulge your Desire to Pamper
We all need a little pampering from time to time to help us relax and unwind, and this is even more important during pregnancy.
The first trimester for many can be a little unnerving, so help yourself relax and restore calm by setting aside one evening a week to take some time out to look after yourself.
Run a warm bath with some essential oils to help with any aches or pains you are experiencing, light some aromatherapy candles to help your mind relax and allow yourself a long soak and some valuable time alone.
Give in to Sleep
Many women are tempted to keep going as they always would right up until their due date. The first trimester can be very testing on the body, so it is important to recognise that you need a little bit more rest to help you keep on top of things. Avoid becoming burnt out and upset by allowing your body to give in to all the rest that it needs.
At this stage, it is important to listen to your body. Get early nights if you can, put your feet up as much as possible, and slow down a little at work while you are struggling with fatigue. This is a wonderful stage of pregnancy, so enjoy it but give in to your body’s requests to help you continue to feel positive and happy.
Manage Morning Sickness
During your first trimester, you’ll meet several women who claim they didn’t experience any morning sickness, while you’re struggling to even manage your breakfast. Unfortunately, morning sickness affects some women more than others, and if you’re really suffering it can put a real downer on things.
Try to manage your morning sickness to make yourself feel better and restore some energy. Try eating small meals throughout the day so that you never feel too full or hungry, larger meals are more likely to bring on sickness.
On days when you are feeling sick try eating plain carbohydrates such as toast and avoid rich and fatty foods. If you feel a wave of nausea, try drinking a cup of warm water with fresh ginger and don’t forget to stay hydrated with loads of filtered water.
The first trimester is an exciting and sacred time and it’s important to help yourself along the way to enjoy it as much as possible.
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